Directed by Ida Lupino. US. 1953. NR. 1 hour 11 minutes. Kino. Digital Restoration.
Ida Lupino had always disliked the superficially feminine roles she was often offered as a screen actress, yet it is surprising that the only female member of the Hollywood Director’s Guild in the early 1950s would make a film with no women in it at all. The plot of The Hitch-Hiker is simple: a gritty noir about a criminal (William Talman) who kidnaps two friends (Edmond O’Brien . . .
Directed by John Schlesinger. US. 1969. R. 1 hour 53 minutes minutes. MGM. Digital.
Convinced of his irresistible appeal to women, Texas dishwasher Joe Buck (Jon Voight) quits his job and heads for New York City, thinking he’ll latch on to some rich dowager. New York, however, is not as hospitable as he imagined, and Joe soon finds himself living in an abandoned building with a small-time con man named Enrico “Ratso” Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman). The two form a rough alliance, and . . .
Directed by Agnès Varda. France. 1962. NR. 1 hour 30 minutes minutes. Kino Lorber. Digital.
Selfish pop singer Cléo (Corinne Marchand) has two hours to wait until the results of her biopsy come back. After an ominous tarot card reading, she visits her friends, all of whom fail to give her the emotional support she needs. Wandering around Paris, she finally finds comfort talking with a soldier in a park. On leave from the Algerian War, his troubles put hers in perspective. As they . . .